BBC Radio 1 does Annie night

Radio 1 is celebrating Annie Nightingale’s four decades at the station with a night of programmes dedicated to her broadcasting career.

A Night with Annie Nightingale begins at 7pm on September 9th with The Story of Annie Nightingale – a two hour documentary presented by Zane Lowe.

The night continues at 9pm with a three hour tribute concert featuring artists all chosen by Annie, and at midnight till 2am The Decade Mixes will be a soundtrack of the best music Annie has played over the last 40 years and the night finally ends on a high with the best of the guest mixes from 2am-4am.

BBC Four is also marking Annie Nightingale's career with an hour-long documentary.

Annie: "The last four decades have flown by and it’s been the best job in the world. I’m always looking forward, planning the next show, the next guest mix, the next festival broadcast. So this night will be a chance to celebrate some awesome milestones and the truly amazing musical soundtrack of my life at BBC Radio 1".

Andy Parfitt, Controller, BBC Radio 1, says: "I have been a long-term fan of Annie’s since I worked with her as a Radio 4 producer many years ago. She has prodigious energy and enthusiasm for music making that grows stronger over the decades – truly open minded and never puts herself as DJ above the music or the artists – she is an inspiration to many of our DJs and a much loved member of our BBC family."

Annie became Radio 1’s first female DJ in 1970 and is now the longest serving presenter at the station.


[b]Annie Nightingale – four decades in music[/b]

1965 Journalist and TV presenter

1970 Joins BBC Radio 1 with a Sunday evening show

1978 Becomes presenter of BBC Two’s music show The Old Grey Whistle Test

1980 Tours the world with The Police for a special music report

1981 First autobiography Chase the Fade published

1989 First DJ to play in Baghdad during Iran-Iraq war cease fire

1982 Begins hugely popular BBC Radio 1 Sunday request show which lasts for 12 years

1994 Begins BBC Radio 1 Saturday night dance show

1996 Has serious injuries from street attack in Cuba

1999 Second autobiography Wicked Speed published, with foreword from Trainspotting’s Irvine Welsh

2000 Receives MBE from Her Majesty The Queen for services to broadcasting

2004 Inducted into Radio Academy Hall of Fame .

2005 Begins annual opening show at Glastonbury

2009 Releases acclaimed Electronica remixes of Lily Allen songs ‘Not Fair’ and “*uck you’

2010 Receives Best Radio Show Award for fifth year running at International Breakspoll Awards

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